Action For Happiness
8 week Course
 ​​This Spring, a new course called Exploring What Matters will start in Mechanicsville to help people discover how to live a happier and kinder life.
The course has been developed by Action for Happiness, a UK-based movement of people taking action for a happier world, which has around 60,000 members. It is secular, science-based and open to people of all backgrounds.

The course is backed by the Dalai Lama, who says:
 
"As patron of Action for Happiness I am delighted to see the work being done by members of this movement to create a happier and more caring society. I wholeheartedly support the Exploring What Matters course and hope that many thousands of people will benefit from it and be inspired to take their own action to help create a happier world."

Analysis of the course has found that it leaves people both happier and more pro-social, with participants reporting increases in levels of life satisfaction, mental wellbeing, compassion and social trust. Many say the course is life-changing.
Jasmine Hodge-Lake came to the course having suffered for over a decade with chronic pain which left her unable to work. She describes how it helped her:
 
"I wouldn't be where I am now without Action for Happiness and that course. I found there were things I could do that would make a big difference and started to feel hopeful about the future. I still have bad days and life certainly isn't perfect. But it has really helped me so much. Now I'm trying to be the change that I want to see.”

In Exploring What Matters, local groups meet for eight weeks, with each session exploring a big question. They start with "What really matters in life?" and then "What really makes us happy?". These are followed by sessions on dealing with adversity, having good relationships, caring for others, and creating happier workplaces and communities. They end with "How can we create a happier world?"

The course is delivered by community volunteers, with materials and support provided by Action for Happiness. Over 1,500 volunteers have already put themselves forward to run the course and many are already underway with more to follow over the coming months and years.

 

Facilitator:  Pamela Heavner






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